When’s the last time you experienced a farm stay? Well, this isn’t your typical sleep-in-the-staw overnight. In fact, Hotel La Ferme is as far removed from a farm experience as you can get, except that the four star hotel is located in the country and there are cows nearby.
The sleek and modern Hotel La Ferme appears like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. For some, the journey to the hotel begins in Quebec City, a two hour train ride away from the village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Canada. Of course, you may drive to Hotel La Ferme, but half the fun of the hotel stay is in the scenic train ride through the Charlevoix region of Quebec.
This was my first time exploring the Charlevoix region and I picked the height of the fall colors for my visit. The Sunday Farmers’ Market was still in full swing, yet the leaves were beginning to fall from the trees. Soon the hotel would turn into a winter wonderland for skiers to explore the nearby slopes of Le Massif.
Regardless of the season, guests will want to soak at Spa du Verger, a thermal experience unique to Canada and Europe that is only recently making its way to some parts of the United States. I loved the hot and cold plunge pools the spa offered that may be visited day or night.
After a day exploring the countryside, head back to La Ferme for dinner at Les Labours, a menu focused on seasonal availability from around the Charlevoix region. Then relax in one of the 147 guest rooms. I loved the heated tile in my bathroom and the natural light that flowed into my superior room with queen bed. The feather comforter and pillows made for a soft landing after my rainfall shower.
Rates range from $85 Canadian for dormitory guest rooms to $379 for lofts and junior suites. As always, check the website for current pricing and package deals.
Article and photos by Luxury Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of Quebec Tourism during my stay in Charlevoix.